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A little housekeeping about the Op/Ed page

The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post presented a column written by staff writer Kasie Strickland on gun control and the resulting reaction was somewhat disturbing. As a result, this editorial is being presented to explain how the Op/Ed section of a newspaper works, to address some of the reaction to said column, and to address one of the more vitriolic responses to the topic.How does the Op/Ed page in a newspaper work?

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Hang up the phone, America — and drive

Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to a text is five seconds. Some quick math: if you’re travelling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to drive the length of a football field, including both endzones. Blindfolded.

1 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

Should the drinking age be 18?

The age of 18 carries a lot of responsibility. You can help determine our nation’s leaders by voting, you can make a vow for a life-long commitment and get married, you are mature enough to join the military and fight and or kill and or die for our country.If you’re male, you must register for the draft. You are able to enter into a legal contract, and you’ve been allowed to drive a car for a couple of years now. You can serve on a jury and decide the fate of one ...

7 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

No one is coming for your guns … yet

I’m sure I lost a lot of readers right off the bat with my headline, but for those of you who are willing to hear me out (and if you are still reading I am going to assume that you are), let me explain my position to you.Gun control is an absolute joke in this country. Background checks are all well and good, but if you can turn around and sell the gun to your neighbor without one, they’re utterly pointless. Assault weapons being sold to the general public is ridiculous...

8 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

Sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective

Before I sat down to write this column I had already accepted the fact I wouldn’t be making any friends, at least not here in the tightest notch of the Bible belt, but I feel it needs to be said. If you have followed me at all, you know I will say what needs to be said, no matter how unpopular it may be.I want to address prayer at public meetings and give you, reader, the opportunity to make up your own minds, as it should be.It’s no secret I am against praye...

14 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

Reduce budget, not savings

At the last school board meeting the board approved buying two activity buses for $252,000. (Shelton, Edwards, Cooper, Swords for, Saitta and Gillespie against.) The buses will be paid for out of savings.Activity buses are the white buses used for field trips and sporting events.With a fleet of 18 activity buses, Gillespie opposed the proposal, because there wasn’t enough scrutiny of the use of the buses and maybe too many activities were taking place to require su...

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When it comes to pit bulls, is it nature or nurture?

Dogs are perhaps one of mankind’s greatest creations. They were physically and behaviorally engineered by humans to fulfill a specific need: guarding the home, pointing out quail in brush lines, retrieving downed water fowl, herding sheep, tracking game, or simply as a companion.But there is one particular group of dogs that always seems to be a source of controversy, the molossers — specifically, the American Pit Bull Terrier.Molosser breeds are characterize...

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What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask

Native Americans are a proud people with a vibrant culture, rich history, and a past that is a colorful tapestry of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately survival. Natives may refer to themselves and each other by many different names, tribes, and titles, but there is one word that is not a part of their vernacular — a word whose very essence is derogatory and shameful.It is a word that most Caucasians would not dare to call them to their face, and yet seem to have no problem scre...

21 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

Shop locally, and improve your community

The benefits of shopping locally can’t be overstated.When we spend our money at locally-owned businesses, we’re often reinvesting in our community. The dollars spent at local stores, shops, restaurants, garages and other businesses tend to remain in local circulation, boosting the local economy and keeping many people in jobs.Various studies have tried to quantify the benefit. The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce estimates that 45 cents of every dolla...

21 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

Washington Redskins should get to keep their name

Should Daniel Snyder be forced to change the mascot of his NFL franchise Washington Redskins?While the wave of political correctness that promised to be a mere fad more than 15 years ago has taken on a cultural movement of epic proportions bordering on the absurd the boundaries set by that movement have gone far beyond reasonability.As a society we have devolved to the point where any reference to any ethnicity without that reference containing a hyphen is tantamount to ...

21 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

No excuse for not vaccinating children

In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published one of the most damaging articles in modern history — a study supposedly linking the MMR vaccine with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. By 2010, the medical journal retracted the paper in its entirety. But the damage had been done.

28 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

You don’t have to be a jerk to support your team

I’m going to preface this column with a statement, a disclosure, if you will, so that all of you know where I stand and know where I’m coming from before you read any further: I am a Tiger fan.Having said that, let’s talk about that nasty opening weekend and how disappointed I am, not only in both of our major colleges’ performances on the field, but more by the behavior of everyone who happens to be a Gamecock fan or Clemson fan.And chances are I...

29 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

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